Definitions for curtainˈkɜr tn
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a hanging piece of fabric used to shut out the light from a window, adorn a room, increase privacy, etc.
a movable or folding screen used for similar purposes.
a movable drapery that hangs directly behind a proscenium arch and conceals the stage from the audience. the start or end of a performance, scene, act, or play, esp. the time at which a performance begins. an effect, line, or plot solution at the conclusion of a performance. (used as a direction in a script to indicate the end of a scene or act.)
anything that shuts off, covers, or conceals:
a curtain of artillery fire.
Ref: curtain wall.
the part of a wall or rampart connecting two bastions or towers.
Category: Fortification, Architecture
curtains,Slang. the end; death, esp. by violence.
Category: Status (usage)
(v.t.)to provide, shut off, conceal, or adorn with or as if with a curtain.
Idioms for curtain:
draw the curtain on or over, to bring to a close. to keep secret.
lift the curtain on, to start. to make known or public; disclose.
Origin of curtain:
1250–1300; ME co(u)rtine < OF < LL cortīna, prob. = L co(ho)rt-, s. of cohors (see court ) +-īna -ine1, as calque of Gk aulaía curtain, der. of aulḗ courtyard
curtain, drape, drapery, mantle, pall(noun)
hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window)
any barrier to communication or vision
"a curtain of secrecy"; "a curtain of trees"
provide with drapery
"curtain the bedrooms"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a cloth for covering a window or opening
to close the curtains; a shower curtain
A piece of cloth covering a window to keep the sun from shining inside.
A similar piece of cloth that separates the audience and the stage in a theater.
The flat area of wall which connects two bastions or towers; the main area of a fortified wall.
To cover (a window) with a curtain; to hang curtains.
Origin: From cortine, from cortina.
a hanging screen intended to darken or conceal, and admitting of being drawn back or up, and reclosed at pleasure; esp., drapery of cloth or lace hanging round a bed or at a window; in theaters, and like places, a movable screen for concealing the stage
that part of the rampart and parapet which is between two bastions or two gates. See Illustrations of Ravelin and Bastion
that part of a wall of a building which is between two pavilions, towers, etc
a flag; an ensign; -- in contempt
to inclose as with curtains; to furnish with curtains
Translations for curtain
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a piece of material hung up to act as a screen at a window, on a theatre stage etc
The maid drew the curtains; The curtain came down at the end of the play.
- cortinaPortuguese (BR)
- záclona; oponaCzech
- der VorhangGerman
- gardin; tæppeDanish
- κουρτίνα, αυλαίαGreek
- पर्दा, पर्दा डालनाHindi
- gluggatjald; leiktjaldIcelandic
- tenda, tendinaItalian
- užuolaida, uždangaLithuanian
- aizkars; priekškarsLatvian
- gardin, forheng, portière, sceneteppeNorwegian
- zasłona, kurtynaPolish
- perdea; cortinăRomanian
- занавеска; занавесRussian
- záclona; oponaSlovak
- gardin, draperi, ridåSwedish
- 窗簾，(舞臺上的)幕Chinese (Trad.)
- завіса, занавіскаUkrainian
- màn cửaVietnamese
- 窗帘，（舞台上的）幕Chinese (Simp.)
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